This is a real “hotel” unlike some of the other places we stayed at in Italy, so it is hard to compare. It did not feel very personal or intimate, yet I don’t think it was attempting to be so. Very high level of service, with everyone super-fluent in English. The hotel has many amenities, including reading room, computers, pervasive free Wi-Fi, gorgeous garden/patio area (albeit with aggressive pigeons). Can’t quite get to the fifth star on this one, even though it was nice. I think it comes down to not feeling very personal. I never learned the names of the people at the front desk, nor did they learn mine.
Pros — Historic building. Large and grand rooms. Very quiet. Varied breakfast with fresh juice. High levels of service. Very near Academia (David) and San Marco (Fra Angelico and Savonarola). On the site of the garden in which Michelangelo was “discovered” by Lorenzo the Magnificent.
Cons — A bit off the path for Florence. Long walk from train station and always a bit of a trek home each evening. Not very personal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Florence Hotel Orto de' Medici’s location is ideal because while located in the “historic center” of Florence it is just outside the noisy hustle and bustle…which is only a short walk away. When walking through our hotel in Florence, you really do feel like you are in a classic and upscale historic building. The front desk staff is very helpful and friendly, and from the moment you arrive you are made to feel very welcome. Each room is uniquely and elegantly appointed, a restful oasis for the busy traveler. The bathroom is very spacious and the shower is wonderful after a long day of sightseeing. Breakfast, with plenty to select from, is served in a cozy room that spills out into a welcoming patio and a beautiful little garden. The hotel lobby and reading rooms are a nice place to relax after a full day of sightseeing (plus free internet - either wifi or with brand new Apple computers). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orto De Medici Hotel
- Orto De Medici Florence
- Hotel Orto De Medici Florence Italy